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The Best Buddhist Writing 2007

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Containing writings that are variously wise, witty, heartfelt, and profound, this is the fourth volume in an annual series that brings together the year’s most notable literature inspired by Buddhist philosophy and practice. Selected by the editors of the Shambhala Sun, North America’s leading Buddhist-inspired magazine, the pieces in this anthology offer an entertaining m ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 9th 2007 by Shambhala
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Maya Rock
Jun 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
I like the concept behind this book a lot--an anthology of writings by contemporary Buddhists and people influenced by Buddhist thought about Buddhism. It was really fun to see how many different takes there were on Buddhism...often when reading this kind of stuff I think you get very hooked onto the idea that you have to follow the one writer's template to fulfillment; by presenting many points of view you were able to see there were many paths.

I would have loved more personal anecdotes but at
Suzanne Arcand
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: buddhism
Some g0od, some interesting, some mondane. I didn't like it all that much for the same reason that I don't usually enjoy short stories. I would have liked more of some texts. Would have like to go deeper. Find myself yawning at some others.

Just get the books from which those extracts were taken. You will get more out of it.

It did made me want to renew my faith in buddhism so it wasn't totally lost.
Dec 29, 2007 rated it really liked it
I found this to be a rich and pleasingly varied collection spanning many levels of study and engagement with Buddhist thought and practice. While the most recognized spiritual leaders are represented, my favorites essays are those crafted by writers I would not have immediately associated with Buddhist teaching and practice, such as journalist Daniel Goleman's study on our natural disposition toward altruism and Jarvis Jay Masters' description of a situation he encountered as a death row inmate ...more
Rev. Sharon Wylie
Apr 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
My partner brought this book home from the library for me (unsolicited). Reading about Buddhism makes my head hurt, but since I'm learning that pain does not inherently exist, I feel okay about it.

UPDATE: We had to return this to the library before I could finish it, but I really liked having contemporary writing on Buddhism distilled into one volume. (And I had no idea bell hooks is Buddhist.)
Feb 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Filled with essays from teachers and scholars, with diverse approaches to life. Each essay is 7 to 20 pages, it's so perfect for reading just before bed, informs one's dreams in the best way.
2007 includes: Thich Nhat Hanh, HH Dalai Lama, bell hooks, Alice Walker, Pema Chodron, Leonard Cohen....
Great to get some teachings in small doses.
Marc Geffen
Oct 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
A collection of short essays on Buddhism and Buddhist themes. I was mostly uninspired. Despite the title, there are much better Buddhist oriented writings out there (see, e.g., anything written by Thich Nhat Hahn, Gil Fronsdal, Joseph Goldstein, Ezra Bayda or Jack Kornfield).
Apr 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful essays that make Buddhism a little more accessible to spiritual seekers like myself :)
Jul 06, 2008 rated it did not like it
Don't be fooled by the name. There are only a few good essays in here - the rest are not worth reading. One notable exception is the essay "Pitbull" by a prison inmate Jarvis Jay Masters.
Jun 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
An incredible, very readable and thought-provoking collection of essays from the top writers, scholars and thinkers from Buddhism. You don't have to be a Buddhist to find this book... enlightening.
Jan 09, 2008 is currently reading it
Carried with me to Nepal. Didn't have much free time.
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